When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Missouri.
But where exactly in Missouri? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Missouri that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Kennett don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Show Me State to retire for 2018:
- Kennett (Homes For Sale)
- St. Ann (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mexico (Homes For Sale)
- Cameron (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kirkwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Maryville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- St. Peters (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Town And Country (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Webster Groves (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Liberty (Photos | Homes For Sale)
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Show Me State
To create our list of the best places in Missouri to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Show Me State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 71 places from across the state.
For these 71, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 71, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Kennett, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 10,500Median Rent: $505
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,190
More on Kennett: Homes For Sale | Data
White settlers built log cabins in the area in the first half of the 19th century, naming their settlement Chilletecaux in honor of a Delaware Indian chief who lived there. The town was renamed Butler in the late 1840s. Due to mail delivery problems because of other jurisdictions named the same, the settlement was renamed as Kennett, in honor of the mayor of the city of St. Louis, Luther M. Kennett.
2. St. Ann
Population: 12,931Median Rent: $726
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,590
More on St. Ann: Homes For Sale | Data
The city was established in 1948 but began to develop six years before it was granted the petition of incorporation. Charles F. Vatterott, the developer and builder of most of the residential and commercial properties in St. Ann, started the community as a housing project for families of workers employed in nearby defense plants. It was one of the few defense housing projects in the country to develop into a permanent town. The original homesite was dedicated in honor of Saint Ann, the mother of the Virgin Mary.
Population: 11,622Median Rent: $654
Distance to Closest Airport: 85 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,243
More on Mexico: Homes For Sale | Data
Mexico was laid out as ‘New Mexico’ in 1836 and was a major stop for settlers heading to the Republic of Texas (thus the name ‘New Mexico’), and it became the county seat under its present name in 1837. The word ‘New’ was dropped out after the Mexican War that saw Texas become a part of the United States.
Population: 10,150Median Rent: $642
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,206
More on Cameron: Homes For Sale | Data
In 1854 Samuel McCorkle platted the town of Somerville. When the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad (a line whose founders included the father of Mark Twain and which was to deliver the first mail of the Pony Express) proposed coming through the area, the line said the area around Somerville was too steep for the rail so he platted a new community 1.5 miles to the west in what is now ‘Olde Towne’ Cameron. The town platted in 1855 was named for the maiden name of his wife Malinda Cameron. McCorkle Park is still Cameron’s centerpiece park.
Population: 27,614Median Rent: $1,048
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,919
More on Kirkwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Plans for a new community close to St. Louis began following the St. Louis Fire (1849) and the 1849 cholera outbreak that killed a tenth of the residents of downtown St. Louis. Kirkwood was the first suburban municipality built outside of the St. Louis City boundaries.
7. St. Peters
Population: 55,820Median Rent: $898
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,334
More on St. Peters: Homes For Sale | Data
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area that would become St. Peters was inhabited by Mississippian mound builders. The remains of a village were uncovered during the construction of I-70 in 1954 and a street near the site was later named Mound Drive after the mounds built by the villagers.
8. Town And Country
9. Webster Groves
Population: 23,111Median Rent: $1,172
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,289
More on Webster Groves: Homes For Sale | Data
Webster Groves is approximately 2 miles (3 km) west of the St. Louis city limits, and 10 miles (16 km) southwest of downtown St. Louis, in an area known to fur trappers and Missouri, Osage and Dakota indigenous people, until 1802, as the ‘Dry Ridge’. In the early 19th century, this region, once a part of the Louisiana Territory, was changing from Spanish to French ownership, and a system of land grants was inaugurated to promote immigration. During the early period of Spanish rule, officials gave land to settlers as a check against the English.
Population: 30,239Median Rent: $793
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,795
More on Liberty: Homes For Sale | Data
Liberty was settled in 1822, and shortly later became the county seat of Clay County. The city was named for the American concept of liberty.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Missouri goes to Kennett.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Missouri
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